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Blake Shelton Reflects On The Loss Of His Brother, Richie Shelton

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At just 14, Blake Shelton lost his big brother. 

Richie Shelton was killed in a car accident on November 13, 1990 at 24 years old. The entire Shelton family was stuck with grief, and knew this wasn't something they could ever "get over".

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"I remember picking up the phone to call him a week after he was dead, to tell him something," Shelton recalled to CBS of the tragedy. "And it was like, you think about what I, you know, I was picking up the phone to call him, to tell him something I just saw on TV or, and it was like constantly a shock to me that he was dead... That's what my dad told me, too. He said, 'Look, you will never, ever get over this happening. You're just going to have to learn to get used to it.' He was absolutely right."

Blake grew up the youngest of three children. Older sister, Endy, and brother, Richie, who Blake remembers looking up to for all the usual big brother reasons. Richie's bedroom was right across the hallway from his, and he told CBS about his first exposure to great music. 

"He was listening to Hank Williams, Jr. or Waylon, Lynyrd Skynyrd or Bob Seeger. And I would be sitting there going, "Man, that guy's my hero. That's the coolest guy. He's my big brother."

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The loss of Shelton's brother never really surfaced until his now ex-wife, Miranda Lambert released her 2011 album, Four The Record. The then couple wrote "Over You" to commemorate Richie, and decided that Lambert would be the one to record the heart-wrenching song. For Shelton, the lyrics were much too personal to sing night after night. 

November 13, 2015 marked 25 years since Richie's passing. Shelton reached to Twitter and his fans for support on this difficult day.

 
Watch Shelton's emotional performance of "Over You" below to hear the lyrics inspired by Richie. May he rest in peace. 

LYRICS BELOW

Weather man said it’s gonna snow
By now I should be used to the cold
Mid-February shouldn’t be so scary
It was only December
I still remember the presents, the tree, you and me

But you went away
How dare you?
I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

Living alone here in this place
I think of you, and I’m not afraid
Your favorite records make me feel better
Cause you sing along
With every song
I know you didn’t mean to give them to me

But you went away
How dare you?
I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

It really sinks in, you know, when I see it in stone

Cause you went away,
How dare you?
I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

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